Louisiana woman charged in shooting of her pet llama, Earl

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman is accused of shooting her pet llama named Earl who she says attacked her. News outlets report 67-year-old Madeline Bourgeois told St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputies that Earl had attacked her last week while she was working in her pasture. A sheriff’s office statement says Bourgeois told deputies […]

Sheriff: Woman died in accidental fall at Georgia party

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — The sheriff’s office of Forsyth County, Georgia, says a woman found dead in the backyard of a Cumming home died in an accidental fall. Maj. Joe Perkins told news outlets Wednesday that the state medical examiner says 40-year-old Tamla Horsford’s injuries were consistent with a fall from the home’s back deck. […]

Recruitment of new soldiers threatens South Sudan’s peace

YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rival armed groups are forcefully recruiting civilians, including child soldiers, violating a fragile peace deal signed five months ago. Officials say the evidence from numerous accounts that opposing sides are adding fighters to their ranks is a worrying sign that threatens the country’s peace. In Yambio, near the […]

Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee plays Boston

Boston Celtics (37-21, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (43-14, first in the Eastern Conference) Milwaukee; Thursday, 8 p.m. Eastern BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Celtics head to the Fiserv Forum to face the top-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are 30-8 against Eastern Conference opponents. Milwaukee is 3-5 […]

N. Carolina transgender inmate denied move to women’s prison

LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A transgender woman convicted of insurance fraud is serving time at a men’s prison in North Carolina despite her repeated requests to transfer to women’s housing. The News and Observer reports 37-year-old Kanautica Zayre-Brown is believed to be the state’s only post-operative transgender prisoner. But the state recognizes her as a […]

Oakland teachers to start strike Thursday

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Teachers in Oakland, California, plan to raise picket signs Thursday in the country’s latest strike by educators over classroom conditions and pay. The city’s 3,000 teachers are demanding a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say are among the lowest salaries for public school […]

Ale from 1886 shipwreck yields new brew and conflict

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A bottle of ale from a 133-year-old shipwreck has uncorked conflict between craft brewers in New York state. Bill Felter of Serious Brewing in Howes Cave hoped to develop a new brew from ale salvaged from the SS Oregon. But a scuba-diving Long Island brewer has scuttled those plans, saying he […]

N Carolina US House candidate faces questions over choices

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican narrowly leading the country’s last undecided congressional election wants North Carolina elections officials to overlook ballot manipulation in a rural county and declare him the winner. But Mark Harris will have to overcome testimony from a compelling witness — his son. The GOP congressional candidate is expected to tell […]

2-day teacher strike over in West Virginia: School to resume

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unions for West Virginia teachers have ended their two-day strike after lawmakers did not act on a doomed, broad-based education bill. Leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel said classrooms would be reopening statewide starting Thursday. Their announcement came late Wednesday after the controversial bill was effectively killed […]